REPORT: Republicans respond to Trump’s national emergency declaration

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BY TEAM DML / FEBRUARY 15, 2019 /

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President Trump’s national emergency declaration to free up more funds to build his border wall is dividing Republican lawmakers. Although Mr. Trump signed a bill Friday to keep the government funded, he was dissatisfied with the $1.375 billion allocated by Congress for the president’s southern border wall, which fell substantially short of the $5.7 billion he requested.

Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would support Mr. Trump’s national emergency declaration, other Republicans worry that such a broad use of presidential power is not constitutional and could set a dangerous precedent for future Democratic presidents.

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Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander released a lengthy statement calling the declaration “unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution” — “unnecessary” because Congress had appropriated funds for border security, “unwise” because future presidents could misuse the power, and “inconsistent” with the Constitution because only Congress is bestowed with the power to tax and spend the people’s money.


Alexander Statement on National Emergency Announcement

Posted on February 15, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn., February 15, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump announced a national emergency on the Southern border:

“The president has made a strong case for increased border security, but declaring a national emergency is unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. It is unnecessary because significant additional money already has been approved by Congress that he could spend on border security without declaring a national emergency. In fact, the president announced today that he would spend $3 billion of this additional funding to fund construction of the border wall. This $3 billion is in addition to the $22 billion Congress appropriated on Thursday for detention beds, technology, border patrol agents, ports of entry, replacing existing wall and 55 miles of new wall.

“It is unwise because if this president can declare a national emergency to build a wall, the next president can declare a national emergency to tear it down; or declare a climate change emergency to close coal plants and build wind turbines; or a health care emergency and force into Medicare the 180 million Americans with health insurance on the job.

“It is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution because, after the American Revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the power to tax the people and spend their money any way he chooses. The Constitution gives that authority exclusively to a Congress elected by the people.”

Alexander voted yesterday for legislation that Congress passed and the president will sign that made a “significant down payment on border security.” That new law included $22 billion for border security, which includes 55 new miles of physical barrier or wall on the southern border, an increase of 5,000 detention beds, funding for technology and more border agents and funding to secure the ports of entry, through which so much of the illegal drug traffic travels.

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6 Comments

  1. Capit February 15th, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Nothing but obstructionist with no answers to our border problem. Trump is dammed if he does and dammed if he doesn’t were congress is concerned. It is ridiculous that Pelosi/Schumer obstructed as she does and will continue to do. I don’t think Trump and his base had a choice. I know I am disappointed he signed the bill.

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    • Joanne February 15th, 2019 at 7:59 pm

      Am as well. I was really hoping he would have changed his mind and thrown it to the curb.

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  2. Fran Casaccio February 15th, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    I dislike politicians more than I can describe. All talk no action. I think this bill is shit but Trump is going it alone. He has nobody. He’s taking bad advice. McConnell, Graham and the rest are career politicians with no regard for the actual ramifications of their actions. I’m giving the President another pass on this one because I honestly believe he wants what’s best for this country.

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  3. Ken February 15th, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    And DACA? End of discussion

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    • Fran Casaccio February 15th, 2019 at 10:42 pm

      DACA? Do u have any idea about what the President went through? Nothing but vultures in McConnell and his bunch. Ryan was never going to allow the wall under his watch. Trump is a street fighter but career politicians always win.

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  4. Richard February 16th, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Are any of them aware that previous presidents have declared a national emergency?
    Up to 10,000 Central and South American peoples heading North in various caravans with the intent to cross the border into the U. S., IS AN EMERGENCY!
    I wonder how many of those objecting are getting funding from South of the border, including Pelosi, Schiff and the rest of the Democrats and Republicans?

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